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Clinton postpones event in Holyoke to attend South Carolina services

Sunday, June 28, 2015

HOLYOKE — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s planned fundraiser in Holyoke on Thursday has been postponed as she attends services for the victims of the June 17 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State was scheduled to be at three events that day — two on Cape Cod and one at the Log Cabin & Meeting House — …

Family, friends of Edward and Brittany McGrath ask public to attend expected guilty plea, sentencing for James Ainsworth

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — James W. Ainsworth is expected to admit in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday that he was high on heroin when the SUV he was driving struck a motorcycle on Route 5 last August, killing a father and daughter. But family and friends of victims Edward and Brittany McGrath are not happy …

Holyoke-based union representing laborers cites impact of job creation by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. could represent pay dirt for unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 jobs on the project would only be for about 18 months, the pipeline could lead …

Holyoke man who hid in snow arrested for alleged theft of car rims from Lia Honda in Northampton

Friday, February 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Holyoke man who police say buried himself in snow to elude officers was arrested early Friday in a wooded area near Industrial Drive for allegedly stealing car rims from the nearby Lia Honda dealership. Mark Alan Peltier was charged with larceny over $250 and …

Richard Orozco of Chicopee admits breaking into Easthampton home, crashing car in Northampton

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man who admitted that he stole $1,000 worth of quarters from an Easthampton man will likely go to state prison for three to five years, although a judge postponed his sentencing so he can see his terminally ill mother. Richard J. Orozco, 40, of …

UPDATED: National review board declines to ban Randall Smith from coaching swimming; lawyer says ruling “vindicates” Smith

Saturday, January 10, 2015

In a 2-1 vote revealed this week, an independent panel ruled there was not enough evidence to ban Randall Smith, 61, from coaching in the wake of allegations he raped a teenage swimmer on the Greater Holyoke YMCA …

‘Registration express’ Saturday at Holyoke Community College

Thursday, January 8, 2015

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community Collge will hold a “registration express” on campus from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday during which people can apply, take the computerized college placement test, meet with an academic adviser and register for classes. The event is held outside the HCC admissions office, on …

Christmas night car crash victim was aspiring chef

Monday, December 29, 2014

HOLYOKE — The victim of a fatal car crash on Christmas night was remembered Monday as a young and aspiring chef who loved his job and went out of his way to help people. James R. Kelly, 24, …

Holyoke man, 24, killed in motor vehicle crash on Route 5 Christmas night

Friday, December 26, 2014

HOLYOKE — A 24-year-old Holyoke man was killed Christmas night when the motor vehicle he was driving crashed on Route 5 near the Delaney House, according to Holyoke police. The single-vehicle accident that occurred around 10:20 p.m. remains under investigation. Holyoke police Friday said they will not release …

Patrick Bousquet of Chicopee gets 2½ years in jail for slashing man with bottle in Westhampton

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Chicopee man was jailed Tuesday after admitting in court that he smashed a bottle over another man’s head and slashed his neck at a party in Westhampton in May. Patrick Bousquet pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to two counts of assault and battery …

Claim of rapes roils swim community

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sitting in a coffee shop in Southampton, Monica Strzempko of Westfield recalled when her now 20-year-old daughter, Anna, was a happy, popular 13-year-old who was good at most everything — especially swimming. She had Olympic aspirations and was …

Glenna O’Connell gets 18 months in jail after pleading to drug distribution charges

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Vermont woman was sentenced to 18 months in the county jail and two years probation after pleading guilty in Hampshire Superior Court on Thursday to drug distribution charges. Glenna O’Connell, 34, of Chester, Vermont, was sentenced after reaching a plea agreement on two cases against …

Is USA Swimming taking sexual abuse allegations seriously?

Friday, December 19, 2014

HOLYOKE — Indianapolis attorney Jonathan Little has represented many athletes who said they were sexually abused by their coaches or fellow athletes in sports, including swimming and track and field. After hearing Anna Strzempko’s account about being raped repeatedly by her former Greater Holyoke YMCA swimming coach, Little …